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Random Friday Fun Facts: The Music of the Spheres

“music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired”
Boethius: De institutione musica

Most serious musicians understand that music and math are inextricably linked.   574 more words


Short Translation of an Extract from Nicholas Trevet's Commentary on Boethius De Consolatione Philosophiae

Nicholas Trevet, born to a knightly family in 1258 and a student of the arts at both Oxford and Paris University at the turn of the fourteenth century, was in the words of Beryl Smalley “a true polymath, being theologian, biblicist, hebraist, historian and classicist.” Trevet travelled widely throughout England, France and Italy in his lifetime and his work was esteemed both in the English Order of Preachers and, through his connection to the Cardinal Nicholas of Prato, at the Papal Court in Avignon the library of which contained a number of his books.   1,844 more words

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The Part Where Eyes Glaze Over

Once a person, somehow in normal conversation, finds out I have a Master’s degree in English, one or both of two things happens: 1. The question of why I’m not using my degree currently (I taught college English part-time for 6 years and kinda need to live on more than table scraps) & 2. 496 more words


Today's holiday: Räben-Chilbi


Every year on the second Saturday in November, the town of Richterswil, Switzerland, celebrates a holiday named Räben-Chilbi, the largest turnip festival in… 55 more words

Book Review: The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy is simultaneously the starting point and the final consummation of the great medieval synthesis of the Greco-Roman and Jewish-Early Christian worldviews. Here, Boethius sets the task of the middle ages to reconcile the two great blocs of Western heritage and does so admirably himself. 186 more words


The Sphere: A Symbol of Ancient Greek Female Spirituality by Stuart Dean

Originally, in ancient Greek, ‘sphere’ simply meant ‘ball.’  Though its grammatical gender varied, it was primarily a feminine noun.  It is in that sense and with that gender that it bounces into Western literature in the episode of the Odyssey where Nausicaa and her companions are playing catch on a beach ( 966 more words


Do you remember that you are a man?

‘I want you to answer this too: do you remember that you are a man?’

‘Why shouldn’t I?’ I said.

‘Can you, then, tell me what man is?’

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